Supreme Court Rules Christian Graphic Designer Can Refuse to Work for Same-Sex Couples

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On Friday the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that a Christian graphic designer for wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples.  Despite a Colorado law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender, and other characteristics, the court ruled in favor of  designer Lorie Smith, arguing that the law violates her free speech rights. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court’s six conservative justices, “The First Amendment envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands.”  Although the Supreme Court has expanded the rights of LGBTQ people for two decades, it has been careful to say those with differing religious views needed to be respected.